No. 462 - February 1, 2021

  • Coming Events:

    - 1Lib1Ref 2021 - Virtual Coffee Hour
    - FIMSwrites - Virtual Edition
    - "Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media"
    - Save the Date: "An Exercise with Hannah Arendt: Looking at Public and its Collective Responsibility for Government Violence"
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, February 1 - Friday, February 6, 2021 - Indigenous Awareness Week
    - Friday, February 12, 2021 - Senate (1:30PM)
    - Monday, February 15, 2021 - Family Day holiday (FIMS offices closed)
    - Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19, 2021 - Reading Week
  • News & Announcements:

    - New FIMS Public Events listing
    - New French Language Resource for LIS

    Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Sam Vander Kooy
    - Ebenezer Martin-Yeboah
    - Jayme Russell
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Basil Chiasson
    - Edward Comor
    - Michelle Goodridge, MLIS'14
    - Chandell Gosse
    - Alex Mayhew
    - Alessandra Mularoni
    - Daniel Robinson
  • In the Media:

    - Yimin Chen
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • FIMS Undergraduate Round-Up:

    - 4th Annual FIMS Career Conference brings alumni back to (virtual) school (Mike Palombo, BA'11)
    - MIT alumna scores book and TV deal (Ashley Audrain, BA'05)
  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

1Lib1Ref 2021 - Virtual Coffee Hour
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom (registration required)
Western Libraries and FIMS Graduate Library are hosting a virtual coffee hour to encourage participation in the 1Lib1Ref campaign to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles by adding missing citations. This is an event where you can learn about Wiki editing, become a Wiki Editor yourself and help us eliminate the backlog of "citation needed" notices on the Wikipedia platform. Drop-in for a moment or stay for as long as you'd like. Read more.

FIMSWrites Virtual Edition
Every Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Do you expect to have paper, story, article, report, thesis, or book deadlines coming up? Does having other people writing around you help keep you on-task? Then join FIMSWrites, an informal initiative to provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring their favourite writing devices and join us to write and check in. If you're interested, contact Pam McKenzie or Lola Wong for further information.

"Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media"
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Online (registration required)
Presented by Elinor Carmi, professor, digital rights advocate, feminist, researcher and journalist. This event is co-sponsored by FIMS, and part of The Feminist and Accessible Publishing, Communications, + Tech Series. Find out more.

Save the Date: "An Exercise with Hannah Arendt: Looking at Public and its Collective Responsibility for Government Violence"
Thursday, February 18, 2021
4:30 p.m.
Via Zoom
Presented by Sananda Sahoo, Media Studies PhD candidate. Part of the mediations lecture series.
Abstract: In her work On Violence, Hannah Arendt challenges the notion of power as has been passed down to us through thinkers such as Voltaire, Max Weber, and Robert Strausz-Hupé as a tool to dominate and rule by domination. I argue that one cannot conceive of power without it being framed within a certain mode of responsibility. I explore, through Arendt, the relationship between power and responsibility and what such a framework might look like (continue reading).

Important Dates

- Monday, February 1 - Friday, February 6, 2021 - Indigenous Awareness Week
- Friday, February 12, 2021 - Senate (1:30PM)
- Monday, February 15, 2021 - Family Day holiday (FIMS offices closed)
- Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19, 2021 - Reading Week

News & Announcements

New FIMS Public Events Listing
A new public events listing was recently launched on the FIMS website that allow people planning events or attending events to see what's scheduled at a glance. It's intended for events that are open to the general public, such as the FIMS Seminar Series, Roger's Chair events, mediations lectures, guest lectures and other series or collaborations that might arise. You can find it at: Help keep it up-to-date by sending your upcoming event details to (you don't need complete details to list an event - just a date and time).

New French Language Resource for LIS - Library Lexique / Présentons Library Lexique
Are you a library professional wishing to expand your French library vocabulary? Have you run out of French songs to sing during storytime? Is your library offering, or looking to increase, their French services? Library Lexique is a new resource hub that aims to support the use of French in library services. Find out more.

Awards & Accomplishments

HIS PhD Candidate Ebenezer Martin-Yeboah has won the prestigious 'Overall Best Presenter' Award at the 2020 Africa-Western Collaborations Day conference for his presentation entitled "Through the lens of egocentric design: Do AYA males' social networks influence or shape their sexual and reproductive health literacy and information behaviour?"

LIS PhD Candidate Sam Vander Kooy has been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

MA MS Candidate Jayme Russell has been awarded a 2020-21 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar’s Master’s Award.

Publications & Presentations

Assistant Professor Basil Chiasson has a book publication coming up on February 11, 2021. He is co-editor for Harold Pinter: Stages, Networks, Collaborations, published by Bloomsbury.

Professor Edward Comor published the following article:

Edward Comor (2021). Harold innis' concept of bias: its intellectual origins and misused legacy. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford University Press. doi:

Michelle Goodridge, MLIS'14, is co-author for the book, Librarian's Guide to Games and Gamers: From Collection Development to Advisory Services," published by ABC-CLIO.

Chandell Gosse, PhD in Media Studies Candidate, co-authored the following article:

Chandell Gosse, George Veletsianos, Jaigris Hodson, Shandell Houlden, Tonia A. Dousay, Patrick R. Lowenthal & Nathan Hall (2021) The hidden costs of connectivity: nature and effects of scholars’ online harassment, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2021.1878218

Alex Mayhew, LIS PhD Candidate, will present a paper titled, "Aging Justice: Health Justice Extended," at the Bioethics & Justice Webinar on February 7, 2021, hosted by the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics.

Alessandra Mularoni, PhD in Media Studies Candidate, published the article "What it feels like for (networked) girl: a post-humanist approach to psychoanalysis," in Inscriptions 4, no. 1 (January 2021): 80.

Associate Professor Daniel Robinson has published his new book, Cigarette Nation: Business, Health, and Canadian Smokers, 1930-1975, through McGill-Queen's University Press.

Professor Robinson also published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen titled, "Lessons from the smoking epidemic apply to COVID-19 too," posted on February 1, 2021.

In the Media

Yimin Chen, LIS PhD Candidate, was a guest on CBC's London Morning with Rebecca Zandbergen on January 26 for a segment titled, "What's up with that Bernie Sanders meme?"

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Contact us!
Although our physical location is closed, we are still here to help you with any library-related questions.
We can help with access to resources and services for your teaching, learning and research.
You can email us ( or call and leave a message (519-661-2111 x88488).
We are available to offer assistance Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.

***NEW*** FIMS Graduate Library Drop-In Hours
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
It's been too long since we've seen your face, and some of you we’ve never met! Starting February 2, 2021, the FIMS Grad Library will be offering virtual drop-in hours. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Kendall, Carolyn or Sara will be sitting at our virtual service desk from 12-1pm. Ask us anything: from citation help to finding the best resources for your assignments. Whether you have a library-related question or just want to check in and see our friendly faces, we hope you'll join us. A Zoom invitation will be sent to your email on Tuesdays reminding you to drop by.

FIMS Graduate Library presents…
Kelli Jerome, Regional Librarian for correctional facilities, jails and detention centres
February, February 24, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Are you curious about the kinds of jobs that might be available to you after you graduate? Join us for a talk by Kelli Jerome, Spring 2020 MLIS and FIMS Graduate, as she discusses her role as Regional Librarian, for the Ministry of the Solicitor General. Kelli supervises and runs libraries within five correctional facilities, jails and detention centres across the Western Region of Ontario. We're excited to welcome Kelli back and to hear about this unique position. Bring your curiosity and questions!

Email to register.

#1Lib1Ref Virtual Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Join us for the final #1Lib1Ref Virtual Coffee Hour. We are making Wikipedia better and more reliable, by adding citations where citations are missing. If you've completed at least one citation, you will have been entered into the draw to win one of five gift baskets, worth $100 each. Winners will be announced during this meetup. If you cannot attend, we will make every effort to contact you.

Undergraduate Round-Up

4th Annual FIMS Career Conference brings alumni back to (virtual) school

The FIMS Career Conference for 4th year undergraduate students was held on Friday, January 29, using Zoom. This year the conference keynote speaker was Mike Palombo (BA'11), currently Head of Entertainment, Twitter Canada. Twelve other alumni were on hand from across media industries to talk to students about their career paths, provide some job search tips, and offer words of encouragement. This year's conference theme was,"You've Got This: Paddling Schitt's Creek." The event is organized each year by a committee of students, staff and alumni.

MIT alumna scores book, film and TV deal
Ashley Audrain, BA'05, made several news sources in early January when she signed a book deal and sold the TV and film rights to her debut novel, The Push. Previously working as publicity director with Penguin Canada, Audrain signed an estimated $3-million, two book deal, and has already completed the first draft of a follow up to The Push. Read more about it on CTV, CBC and Toronto Life.

Next Issue

The Grad Bulletin is your source for news, announcements, and events pertaining to FIMS graduate programs. Submissions from the FIMS community are always welcome and may be sent via e-mail to

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (Monday is a holiday). The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 12, 2021.